Welcome to the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for Email Discussion Lists. Please review this FAQ before signing up for a Discussion List.
Signing up for a Discussion List, allows you to send and receive email communications with an entire group. After you sign up for a group you won't need to go to a Web site to communicate. You can simply use your standard email program to communicate.
You can email yourself your password by accessing your personal configuration page, then clicking on the "Email My Password To Me" button. Detailed steps for accessing your personal configuration page are in the next item.
After you are signed up with a Discussion List, you can customize the following list features for yourself. The Discussion List Administrator recommends that you start with the default settings.
After you receive the email ( in e.g., MS Outlook or Eudora), do one of the following:
You can post to your list any time you wish by sending an email to [name of list]@asrmlists.org (e.g. email@example.com). VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: When you simply click Reply and send the message, the email will get sent to the entire List, not to the original poster. Be aware that your message will be read by all List members.
All Discussion List messages are archived on the ASRM Web site. On the Email Discussion Lists page, click on your Discussion List, then click on the Archives link.
NOTE: You cannot post an email to the List from within the Web page archives.
Although the List software allows users to send private emails to each other, that is not the purpose of the Email Discussion Lists.
After you receive the email ( in e.g., MS Outlook or Eudora), then do the following:
Within each users personal List configuration page, there is a setting called "Conceal yourself from subscriber list? Yes/No." In the interest of group openness, The Discussion List Administrator asks that List members leave this setting as NO. List Administrators will be reviewing the members' configuration settings and will set reset this parameter back to NO (i.e., to allow the members List email address to display with the list of members) if a member has incorrectly set it to YES.
After you sign up for an Email Discussion List on the ASRM Web site, then you can send and receive all your List postings by using your normal email package. You do not need to go back to the ASRM Web site to communicate with your List group.
There are two possibilities if you get your email on two computers:
When you sign up for a Discussion List, the default mode is called "Digest Mode." With Digest Mode, you will not receive emails during the day as people post to the List. Instead, you'll receive one "digest" email at the end of the day which contains all the posts, thus far, for that day. Here is a quick comparison chart between Digest and Non-Digest:
Yes, you can reply to a particular message, but you will need to do the following:
1) Change the Subject line to something meaningful (it will say something like "ARM digest, Vol 1 #13 - 6 msgs")
2) In the body of the email, remove the postings that are not related to your message, and keep the posting that is related to your message.
In the List Archives, your posting will show as a new message thread.
a) you need to see the messages as they are posted (e.g., a discussion about a policy that needs to be resolved that day).
b) you want to be able to quickly reply to a particular message.
a) you want to reduce the number of emails you receive.
b) the postings are not time-critical for you (e.g. perhaps you want to casually read everything at the end of the day.
Discussion Lists open to all ASRM members, rather than only the List members, for a number of reasons:
a) This allows ASRM members to review the postings to see if it is a List they wish to sign up for.
b) This allows ASRM members to find answers/information in Lists they may not be signed up for (and may not wish to sign up for).
If you are concerned about ASRM members, who are not in your List, seeing your postings, please discuss this with your Discussion List Coordinator.
Attachments cannot be attached to email sent to the Discussion List. If you receive an attachment from the Discussion List, ASRM strongly suggests that you delete it as it could be a virus. It is the responsibility of the individual Discussion List members to install and update anti-virus software on their computers which are used to send and receive Discussion List posts.
As an alternative to attachments, if you wish to have a file made available to all members of the List, you can email the file to the ASRM Web Site Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will be placed on the Discussion List's Files page. You can then announce to the List the addition of the file to the Files page.
The most common reason that members receive non-member posting messages is because they receive the posts at one email and reply to the Discussion List from a different email. The Discussion List software will only recognize the email address which was originally entered when you subscribed to the list. Posting from your originally designated email will solve this problem. If you need to change your email address, please see 18. Changing Your Email - Unsubscribing and Resubscribing to the Discussion List.
To change your email address, go to the Discussion List page and choose your list. Then go down to the "Subscribers" section and put in your email address (the one you subscribed to the Discussion List with originally) and press the Edit Options button. Go to the "Unsubscribing" section and put in your password. You are now unsubscribed from the list and will no longer receive email posts to your old email address.
Now Re-subscribe to the Discussion List with your new email address. Go back to the Discussion List page and after choosing your list, under the "Subscribing to" section put in the NEW email address which you want the posts to go to. You will also need to put in your password twice and hit the Submit button. You are now re-subscribed to the Discussion List.
Deletion of posts from the Discussion List archive will incur a cost. To have a message deleted, please contact the owner of the list as they will need to approve the cost of the deletion. The owner of the list may ask the individual poster to pay for the cost of the deletion if they feel that the archived post does not concern the Discussion List as a whole.
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